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Tricks and Treats: Have FUN with Halloween Quilts!

The first frost may be weeks off, but when the Halloween prints are hitting fabric shops, we quilters know the harvest season is approaching! Halloween quilts are just plain fun to make. It’s not a traditional, heirloom category, so we quilters can really let go and get crazy—now’s the time for novelty prints or neon…

Oh, Look! Oh, Look!

BLOCK Friday: String Quilt Scrapbuster!

The string quilt is a scrapbuster, no doubt, and it can also be incredibly liberating. Constructed from a series of thin strips (the strings), string-pieced blocks come in a wider variety of shapes and designs than you might expect. Kris Peterson, staff technical writer at Fons & Porter, talks about the series of string quilts…

Sweethearts Baby Quilt

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Sweethearts*

Something sweet for your week—today’s Free Quilt Pattern Friday quilt is Sweethearts, an excellent quilt for a new baby. Show your love, handmade style! This pattern uses 10″ squares (often called Layer Cakes), sliced and sewn and set on point to create super-easy heart quilt blocks. In addition to a free video for just for…

Susan-Claire Mayfield's That Town and Country quilt

That Town & Country quilt, a block-of-the-day quilt

Susan-Claire Mayfield of the Gourmet Quilter takes a break from prepping for the Festival of Quilts to tell us about That Town & Country quilt, her block-of-the-day quilt. (Offered by Fons & Porter as a Block of the Month!) It’s about an hour drive to the city, from Susan-Claire Mayfield’s website home in the country.…

BLOCK Friday: Tilted Blocks

The Tilted Block–it’s a fun way to get wonky! Whether you construct it by trimming down or prefer to sew wedges around the center (both methods work!), this is an unbeatable block for fussy-cutting. Making a tilted block might look difficult, but it can be easy and fun. A good way to cut loose and…

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Love of Quilting September/October 2017

The Love of Quilting September/October 2017 issue is here! This issue of Love of Quilting, like so many others, is the best source for traditional quilts and reliable instructions. Come in and take a look around! Ah! Autumn is nearly here. This time of year, we start thinking seriously about a return to our sewing…

Christmas is coming!

Countdown to Christmas

It’s time, it’s time! Christmas fabrics are starting to appear in your local shops—the countdown to Christmas begins! This weekend, I treated myself to a mini-quilt road trip to Winterset, Iowa, birthplace of Fons & Porter. In addition to visiting the Iowa Quilt Museum (more on that next week!), I popped into Pieceworks Quilt Shop…

Town Square Quilt

3001: Diagonally Set Log Cabin Quilts

Episode 3001 Description and Preview A quilt pattern often becomes a classic because the design holds up to different colors, sizes, and fabrics. Alongside host Sara Gallegos, Marianne Fons shares two quilts, Town Square (made with homespuns and flannels) and Concentric Circles. Both feature a diagonally set Log Cabin design, but the difference between the…

Orange You Sweet Quilt

3002: Orange You Sweet?

Episode 3002 Description and Preview Quilt designer Gina Gempesaw shares an entrancing original quilt block. Gina and host Sara Gallegos simplify the block using a series of techniques from the quilter’s toolbox. They set the block in a lovely table runner, which is a wonderful way to test out and showcase new blocks. You’ll be…

Parisian Posies Quilt

3003: Parisian Posies

Episode 3003 Description and Preview Hexagons abound in Parisian Posies, a lovely, small quilt constructed with English paper piecing. Designer Felicia Brenoe created this quilt using voile rather than quilting cotton, giving it an unusual, luxurious feel. Felicia and host Sara Gallegos share tips for working with voile, as well as a few other lessons…

Patchy Stars Quilt

3004: Patchy Stars

Episode 3004 Description and Preview Designer Christina McCourt’s Patchy Stars is rich with unexpected techniques, including a strip-set corner that looks mitered, but isn’t. Host Sara Gallegos and Christina break down the construction of this medallion-style quilt into simple lessons. Featured Quilt: Patchy Stars Designer Christina McCourt used a variety of blocks in this pretty…

Freeform Pillow

3005: Freeform Pillow

Episode 3005 Description and Preview Put your sewing machine through the paces! This silk dupioni pillow, designed by Mallory Donohue, showcases some quiltmaking techniques that you’ll want to add to your repertoire. Mallory and host Sara Gallegos walk you through the techniques that result in a curving, freeform design. Featured Quilt: Freeform Pillow Freeform Pillow…

Shooting Stars Quilt

3006: Shooting Stars

Episode 3006 Description and Preview A traditional, 8-pointed star block—sometimes called a Bethlehem Star—is the showcased in this quilt design by Debra Finan. Its scrappy look is ideal for fat quarter or 2-1/2” strip collections. Debra and host Sara Gallegos even show you how to re-size the quilt block into a larger versions. Featured Quilt:…

Brighten Up, Buttercup Quilt

3007: Brighten Up, Buttercup!

Episode 3007 Description and Preview Bright, fresh, floral fun! This quilt design combines two curving shapes in a lattice setting, with an appliqué embellishment to add a touch of sweetness. Love of Quilting’s sewing specialist Colleen Tauke and host Sara Gallegos teach all the methods needed to make this quilt an easy project. Featured Quilt:…